HoopsHype John Kuester rumors

April 12, 2011 Updates

Kuester, who is in his second season, knows his job is less certain. "We'll have conversations, there's no question about that," Kuester said. "Joe and I will be discussing it as soon as the season's over. It has been an interesting year, to say the least. ... You're in this business for one thing: You've got to win. So it's been an interesting two years. Hopefully you continually improve. You've got to make some changes in regards to making sure everything is in place for you." Cleveland Plain Dealer

John Kuester might coach the Detroit Pistons for the final time Wednesday night when the Pistons wrap up the season at Philadelphia. But whether he is fired in the coming weeks or months or comes back to coach next season, he has had an eventful tenure in Detroit. "It has been an interesting year, to say the least," Kuester said Monday night before the final game of the season at The Palace of Auburn Hills against Cleveland. Booth Newspapers

April 11, 2011 Updates

That’s why coach John Kuester said today he wants to return for the final season of the three-year contract he signed when he was hired in the summer of 2009. “It’s been a challenging time, there’s no question,” Kuester said. “There have been a number of circumstances that I think everybody is aware of that has made for an interesting year — not only on the team but outside the team, and stuff like that, with the ownership. “I think now moving forward, yeah. I think there are pieces to this puzzle that I think can make this team very competitive.” Detroit Free Press

President Joe Dumars, as is his custom, declined to comment on his coach’s future via e-mail. But Dumars looks dimly on such public airings of dirty laundry, and despite the obvious immaturity of the players, Kuester must take some of the blame. But this has been a strange season. “What you try to do as a coach — we talk about it always — is try to keep things as fair as possible,” Kuester said, “and we had a number of situations that came about. Really, I’m not sure if everybody did have a true understanding of what the true picture was. There were circumstances and situations where we had to evaluate the entire picture in front of us.” Detroit Free Press

April 8, 2011 Updates
April 6, 2011 Updates

John Kuester, Pistons: With organizational gridlock finally set to be freed up next week when the NBA Board of Governors is expected to vote on the proposed sale to billionaire Tom Gores, the first order of business almost certainly will be a coaching change. To be fair, Kuester was victimized by generational friction on a roster that has been frozen all season as president Joe Dumars' hands were tied by the ownership limbo. Given that, Dumars probably is safe. Kuester won't be so lucky. CBSSports.com

April 4, 2011 Updates

Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey refused to enter the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Bulls, and he did not play in Sunday's 101-90 loss to the Boston Celtics. According to a source familiar with the situation, Stuckey's benching Sunday was discipline by coach John Kuester for refusing to enter the game Friday. Detroit News

"This is a growing process, and we've had a slight setback," Kuester said after the game of Stuckey not playing. When asked if things were being handled internally, Kuester said, "Yes". Friday, Stuckey started the fourth quarter and was removed for Tayshaun Prince with six minutes remaining. Kuester called for Stuckey to come in two minutes later, but the guard refused to re-enter. Detroit News

"We all know things need to change around here," Stuckey said. "For next year, I hope things do. I'm not just speaking for myself but my teammates as well. Hopefully changes come." He was asked what kind of change needed to happen. "I'm not getting into all of that," he said. "We have six games left. I'll be here for my teammates." Detroit News

March 31, 2011 Updates
March 27, 2011 Updates

His scoring numbers are up. He is shooting the ball well. His turnover numbers, for the most part, are down. (He did have five Saturday night but still has just 18 in 11 games this month.) But the most impressive thing about his recent play is his energy on the court on both ends of the floor. “He's really done a wonderful job,” Pistons coach John Kuester said Saturday night after the Pistons earned a 100-88 win over Indiana. “I think one of the things you gauge a lot of what Rip's game is all about is what he's doing offensively. I'm more impressed with his body language defensively. I mean, he's engaged in what we're trying to get done. “I give him a tremendous amount of credit.” Booth Newspapers

Gordon entered the game averaging 12.1 points per game and had averaged just 6.1 points in the six games before playing the Pacers. Part of the reason for Gordon’s recent struggles is because Richard Hamilton is back in the lineup and playing well. "I know Ben is capable of doing more," Pistons coach John Kuester said. "There’s no question about it. But as of late, Rip has played at a high level." Booth Newspapers

March 26, 2011 Updates

Charlie Villanueva said there's no lingering feelings between he and Pistons coach John Kuester, although he had a simple request. "I want to be coached," Villanueva said from his locker at Quicken Loans Arena. "Tell me what I did wrong so I can get better." Detroit News

One game after being pulled early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to Miami, Villanueva didn't play Friday against the Cavaliers. After being pulled, Villanueva barked at Kuester, pointing at him. "Exact words, and I quote '(I) don't know what I'm going to do with the rotation. (You) might play a lot, might play a little,'" Villanueva said. "But I already knew what that meant." Detroit News

March 20, 2011 Updates

Kuester has opted to stay positive as the season winds down. "The guys have played well," he said. "The guys' attitude has been great, they practiced hard, worked hard. That's all you can expect at this stage -- to keep working." Kuester added that he was blessed to be a head coach in the NBA. "I come to work loving what I do," he said. Detroit Free Press

March 16, 2011 Updates

“I find myself going harder than in my younger days because I have to now. So, yeah,’’ McGrady said of now being a better practice player. Pistons coach John Kuester agrees. He said he’s “very impressed with his work habits’’ after letting McGrady know he had to make changes when he arrived in Detroit. “He’s made some adjustments,’’ Kuester said. “We’re hopefully getting him to work a little harder in that area (of practice). I said, ‘You had to practice.’ And that’s basically what it boiled down to. We have to have him because of the dynamics of our team now… He’s got to make some adjustments. He’s got a lot of basketball still left in his life.’’ HoopsHype

“I think about it, but I don’t lose sleep over it,’’ McGrady said when asked whether never having won a playoff series gnaws at him. “It is what it is. If you look at my numbers, what I put up in the playoffs, it’s not like I disappeared every playoff series. I did everything I could to try to advance to that next level. A lot of bad breaks, better teams.’’ HoopsHype

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